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Lewis Hamilton (1st) on Verstappen: “He’s crazy!” / Formula 1

Victory for world champion Lewis Hamilton at the chaotic Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah. The Mercedes driver drew level with Verstappen in the World Cup – 369.5 to 369.5 points.

The GP premiere of Saudi Arabia on the ultra-fast road circuit Jeddah Corniche Circuit ends with a triumph for Lewis Hamilton: The seven-time champion drove his 103rd GP victory, the third in a row, his eighth of the year.

“That was incredibly hard,” groaned the seven-time world champion at the finish. “I’ve been racing for so long, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Grand Prix like this before – it made a lot of physical and mental demands on me.”

Regarding the duel with Verstappen, Hamilton says: “I tried to drive hard, but always with finesse, I had to weigh up all of my experience. It was incredibly difficult. But we prevailed, despite all the clubs that were thrown between our legs. “

We have to talk about the collision with Verstappen. Lewis thinks: “I don’t see how that could happen. Suddenly he braked so hard. “

In the race, Hamilton described it on the radio like this: “He let me run up on purpose!” In English this means: “He brake-tested me.”

Shortly afterwards the request to speak: “He’s crazy.”

Hamilton later in the interview, somewhat more moderately: “I wanted to pass him, but then he put on the brakes. I find all of this very confusing. “

It won’t be until late in the night in Jeddah whether race stewards Garry Connelly (Australia), Silvia Bellot (Spain), Tonio Liuzzi (Italy) and Hassan Al Abdali (Saudi Arabia) see it that way. From 9:40 p.m. (European time) the brawlers have to explain themselves to the race police.

Saudi Arabia GP, Jeddah

01. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes W12, 1:28:43,979h
02. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing RB16B-Honda, +11,825 sec
03. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Mercedes W12, +27,531
04. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine A521-Renault, +27,633
05. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes, +40,121
06. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri AT02-Honda, +41,613
07. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari SF21, +44,475
08. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari SF21, +46,606
09. Antonio Giovinazzi (I), Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari, +58.505
10. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes, +1: 01,358 min
11. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes, +1:17,212
12. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams FW43B-Mercedes, +1:23,249
13. Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine A521-Renault, +1 Runde
14. Yuki Tsotaka (J), AlphaTauri AT02-Honda, +1 Runde
15. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN), Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari, +1 Runde
Out
Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes, Crash
George Russell (GB), Williams FW43B-Mercedes, Crash
Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing RB16B-Honda, Crash
Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Haas VF-21-Ferrari, Crash
Mick Schumacher (D), Haas VF-21-Ferrari, Crash

World Championship stand after 21 of 22 races

driver
1. Verstappen 369.5 Punkte
2. Hamilton 369.5 points
3. Bottas 218
4. Pérez 190
5. Leclerc 158
6. Norris 154
7. Sainz 149.5
8. Ricciardo 115
9. Gasly 100
10. Alonso 77
11. Ocon 72
12. Vettel 43
13. Stroll 34
14. Tsunoda 20
15. Russell 16
16. Räikkönen 10
17. Latifi 7
18. Giovinazzi 1
19. Schumacher 0
20. Kubica 0
21. Mazepin 0

Teams
1. Mercedes 587.5
2. Red Bull Racing 559.5
3. Ferrari 307.5
4. McLaren 269
5. Alpine 149
6. AlphaTauri 120
7. Aston Martin 77
8. Williams 23
9. Alfa Romeo 13
10. Haas 0

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